I love to interview models who are busy on and off the runway. The beautiful and talented model Samantha is with a few agencies and has been on television. I can certainly relate to her because I have done runway work and I have been on television. Hopefully one day we will see her on America's Next Top Model. Here is her interview.
Jchell: Where are you from?
Samantha: I am from Fremont, California in the San Francisco Bay area.
Jchell: Where did you attend high school/college?
Samantha: I went to Mission San Jose High School in Fremont, California and I went to college at California Baptist University in Riverside, California.
Jchell: What are some of your main interests and hobbies?
Samantha: Some of my main interests and hobbies include spending time with friends and family, going to sporting events (softball/baseball in particular because I am a former softball player), going to the beach, going to the movies, and traveling.
Jchell: Are you an independent or agency model?
Samantha: I am signed with a few agencies. I also book gigs independently as well.
Jchell: What was it like starting out as a model?
Samantha: I was a young plus size girl when I began modeling. There weren’t many stores available for younger full figured girls at the time. Nor, were there many women in the media who were full figured in order for me to look up to them and see someone who looked like me. Being a young plus size girl when starting my career, I took many classes (runway classes), worked with many runway coaches one on one and quickly began booking a lot of small runway gigs. When I first started modeling, modeling was definitely a major passion of mine. I loved it and wanted to pursue it further. I made a promise to my parents that I would finish my education first prior to pursuing it further. I made my decision for my University when choosing colleges based on where I felt I could be in a good area to help my modeling career grow as well.
Jchell: Have you been published in any magazines?
Samantha: Yes, I have been published in a few magazines including Plus Model Magazine, Beauty Come Forth Magazine, and Daily Venus Diva Magazine.
Jchell: Besides modeling, have you done any acting?
Samantha: As far as acting, my first agency I signed with in Los Angeles was for acting. I have done a lot of acting on the side such as:
Mariah Carey’s “Bye, Bye” Music Video
World Hip Hop Battle Championships Show
Jessica Simpson VH1 The Price of Beauty Reality Show Runway Fashion Show (2009)
Runway Rhythm Televised Fashion Show
My Black is Beautiful
1000 Ways To Die “The Headless Warden”
Marie Claire Magazine’s Big Girl in a Skinny World YouTube Channel
Far East Movement “Illest” Music Video
TLC Network’s My Fat Saved My Life Episode
Blood Relatives Season 5 Episode 504
……and more to come that I cannot mention at this time.
Jchell: Let's talk about your beauty regimen. How do you keep your hair and skin looking healthy?
Samantha: For my skin I wash my face daily with Clean & Clear Morning Burst and Astringent. I also use Ponds Moisturizer on my face and Cocoa Butter Lotion. I don’t have a specific basic hair routine. I do go regularly to get it styled and basic care done by a hair stylist. On a regular day, I may just have some hair gel & hair spray in my hair with a bun or a pony tail. :) lol.
Jchell: What are your favorite trends you love?
Samantha: I absolutely love a nice peplum dress or top.
Jchell: Every girl has a special “can't live without this” in her closet, what's yours?
Samantha: A nice pair of jeans that fit 'perfectly' and accentuate your curves.
Jchell: Who’s your favorite photographer(s)?
Samantha: I love shooting with Lesley Pedraza, Michelle Alexandra, and Michael Green.
Jchell: Knowing what you know, what advice would you give to other models trying to establish themselves?
Samantha: Always do your research, practice your poses for shoots and your walk, and invest in some good images for your portfolio.
Jchell: Is there anything else you would like to add?
Samantha: Just for people not to give up on their dreams. I’ve heard many Yes’, but I’ve also heard many No’s. I don’t let that stop me. Be persistent and know that you will find the client, magazine, designer, etc. that is looking for your particular look. Remain professional, strive for your goals, and continue to do what it takes to be successful with your career.
You can connect with Samantha on the following social media outlets:
Facebook: Jchell Plus Size Model On Deck